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Laboratory 37. Abdominal Cavity
Step 14. Peritoneal Gutters

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Identify the major spaces located between the large and small intestines, their peritoneal reflections and the posterior abdominal wall. These spaces are known as the recesses or gutters.

On the right side of the ascending colon, identify the right paracolic gutter. It forms an important communication between the hepatorenal (subhepatic) recess and pelvic cavity.

On the left side of the descending colon
identify the left paracolic gutter that connects the left side of the abdominal cavity with the pelvic cavity.

Links and References:
Grant's: 2.71
Netter: 266
Rohen/Yokochi: 287, 298